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Ryanair's Irish pilot union ranks vote to strike for the first time

Ryanair's Irish pilot union ranks vote to strike for the first time”

Cabin crew could now engage in industrial action following the pilot's decision to strike.

The union claims Ryanair is not taking the demands of pilots seriously and that progress on improving pay and working conditions is too slow.

Some 120 union members, a lot of them captains, are directly employed by Ryanair and are able to strike.

Some 120 union members, majority captains, are directly employed by Ryanair and able to strike, a spokesman for the union said.

It is likely to affect thousands of holidaymakers who travel to Dublin for flights at that time of year.

The pilots will engage in strike action next week for a period of 24 hours, commencing at 1am on Thursday 12 July.

Sources say the unions will be giving a longer notice than the ten-day minimum in an attempt to give the low-priced airline a chance to restart negotiations.

The union said: "Our member pilots directly employed by Ryanair complain that there is no transparent system for the determination of important matters" including "voluntary/involuntary base transfer/allocation, command upgrade, allocation of annual leave and promotion".

Ryanair acknowledged unions for the first time in 2017 to avoid a Christmas strike. The airline has refused to link the discounts to the threat of strikes, but it is common policy among all low-priced airlines to reduce prices when sales are slow, and it is hard not to make the connection.

More than 6,000 cabin crew based in 21 countries ramped up pressure on the carrier by threatening industrial action yesterday.

The airline said they can not fly for more than an average of 18 hours a week, get 10pc sales bonuses and receive paid and unpaid leave "as they wish".

Ryanair has described the demands as "pointless" and says cabin crew get sick pay, a 400-euro annual uniform allowance and could earn up to 40,000 euros a year.

It follows cancellations of more than 1,100 flights also in May.

Shares in the airline are down 21 percent from an all-time high last August before it had to cancel 20,000 flights over a rostering fiasco, triggering the pilot unrest.



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